Famous First Lines
Nov
3
10:30 AM10:30

Famous First Lines

“Halfway down a by-street of one of our New England towns stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely peaked gables, facing towards various points of the compass, and a huge, clustered chimney in the midst.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne had hoped to finish The House of the Seven Gables by November, but, like many writers even today, finishing a novel on deadline can be difficult. The Witch City Writers challenges you to a speed writing event using the famous first line of Hawthorne’s novel as inspiration.

Because of support from both Mass Humanities and the Witch City Writers, this event is free. Click the ticket link above to reserve a place for your family. For more information, email jarrison@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

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Deliver Us From Evil: Counter-Magic in Early New England
Oct
3
6:30 PM18:30

Deliver Us From Evil: Counter-Magic in Early New England

Emerson W. Baker of the Salem State University History Department will talk about why folk magic was far more common in colonial New England than most of us realize. Daisy wheel marks, witch bottles, well-worn shoes by fireplaces or a horseshoe over a doorway are examples of the counter-magic employed to protect homes and families from evil. They are also evidence that New Englanders dabbled in magic, and feared witches and supernatural forces long after the Salem witch trials ended.

The lecture will be followed by a book signing with Dr. Baker and his work, A Storm of Witchcraft.

This lecture is $10.00 for the general public and free for members of The Gables. Advance tickets will go on sale for this lecture mid-July, 2018.

For more information, email jarrison@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

Emerson “Tad” Baker is interim dean of Graduate and Professional Studies and a professor of History at Salem State University. He is the award-winning author of many works on the history of and archaeology of early New England, including A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience. He has served as an advisor for PBS-TV’s American Experience and Colonial House. Baker is a member of the Gallows Hill Project team who recently confirmed the witch trials execution site, and he has co-authored an iPhone app on the witchcraft crisis.

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Fallen Heroes: Salem's Unique Connection to the War of 1812
Sep
29
6:00 PM18:00

Fallen Heroes: Salem's Unique Connection to the War of 1812

In partnership with Essex National Heritage Area Salem Historical Society presents:

Fallen Heroes: Salem’s Unique Connection to the War of 1812

“Don’t give up the ship” is the motto that the United States Navy sails under to this very day. However, few people are aware that these famous words were uttered during a battle that took place off of the coast of Essex County. These last words of Captain James Lawrence, as his ship USS Chesapeake succumbed to the HMS Shannon on June 1, 1813 were memorialized by his fellow ship captains and are honored by sailors today. However, the story doesn’t end there. Come hear Robin Woodman. President of Salem Historical Society, talk about this battle and its unique connection to the city of Salem.

This event is free and is presented as part of Essex Heritage's Trails & Sails programming.

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Layers of Paint, Layers of History
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Layers of Paint, Layers of History

Christine Thomson is a local conservator whose specialty is paint analysis. This scientific technique is used in historic buildings to help with restoration work and to share better historical information with staff and visitors alike. Ms. Thomson will talk about the importance and techniques of paint analysis and share her 2016 research findings from The House of the Seven Gables. In 2018, The Gables celebrates its 350th anniversary and this talk is complementary to the exhibit These Walls Do Talk, which opens on April 6.

This talk is being held as part of the Essex National Heritage Area;s Trails and Sails weekends. Check out their page for a week of fabulous events around Greater Boston.

This talk is free and open to the public. Please click the ticket link to register.

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36th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival
Aug
25
to Aug 26

36th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival

  • Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina (map)
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You don’t get to see boats like this every day!  See a wonderful variety of rare vintage motor yachts and sailboats from 1900-1960s.  Meet skippers and crews and vote for your favorite boats.  Children get to make their own wee boat, and all can board real ones.  Boat rides, crafts market, artists, old-time band music, the Blessing of the Fleet and more!

Boats don’t have to be in show condition; they can be works-in-progress (aren’t they all!).  The spirit of the Festival is to gather together the grand old craft and all who love them.

August 25-26, 2018  (Sat., 11 am-5 pm; Sun., 11 am-3 pm)

$5, children under 12 free

Info & Boat Entry: www.boatfestival.org, 978-448-6757, cubshaw@gmail.com

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Hawthorne 101 and Photo Hunt
Jul
21
10:30 AM10:30

Hawthorne 101 and Photo Hunt

Confused by some of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s verbose vocab? The Witch City Writers will give you a download of the language of 1851 by looking at passages from The House of the Seven Gables. Next, grab your camera and set off to search the grounds of the House of the Seven Gables to find the nooks and niches described by Hawthorne in the book. Document your findings for the chance to win a prize.

Because of support from both Mass Humanities and the Witch City Writers, this event is free. Click the ticket link above to reserve a place for your family. For more information, email jarrison@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

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Member Exclusive: The Gables Celebrates the Fourth
Jul
4
6:00 PM18:00

Member Exclusive: The Gables Celebrates the Fourth

Members of The House of the Seven Gables are invited to enjoy the Salem Celebrates the Fourth fireworks display as well as Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birthday from the seaside lawn.

Please feel free to bring your own picnic, blanket, and lawn chairs for a front-row seat to the City of Salem’s extraordinary fireworks display over the harbor. A cash bar will be provided from 6:00-9:15pm. NO outside alcohol is permitted on the grounds. Cake to celebrate Hawthorne’s birthday will be cut and served at 8:00pm.

This event is by invitation-only and only for members of The House of the Seven Gables and their friends and family.

To become a member of The House of the Seven Gables, please visit 7gables.org, or contact Alyssa AlKhowaiter at alyssa@7gables.org, or 978-744-0991 x 109.

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Cunning Folk: English Occult Practices in Early America
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

Cunning Folk: English Occult Practices in Early America

From astrology to necromancy and back again, the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British colonies of New England and elsewhere seemed awash with sorcery. This is a talk about the ideas of magic which early modern English colonists brought with them to the Americas: from their preconceptions about Native ritual and heathenry, to almanacs of star-lore and prognostication, and from common forms of folk magic and divination to high-brow treatises on alchemy and handbooks based on medieval spirit conjuration. 

This talk is presented by the historian and diviner Dr. Alexander Cummins, himself an English magician now living in these United States. Dr Cummins will lead us on an exploration of what early American magicians did and how they went about doing it. Along the way, we will learn about how shadowy colonialist fears were projected onto indigenous peoples and their cultures, as well as much of the necessary background and context of "everyday practical magic" and arch occult philosophy alike that preceded the Salem witch-trials.

Tickets $10.00

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Ergot: The "Moldy Bread" Myth and Salem
Jun
9
7:00 PM19:00

Ergot: The "Moldy Bread" Myth and Salem

What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been: The “Moldy Bread” Myth and Salem. And evening with Margo Burns, Project Manager and Associate Editor, Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt (Cambridge, 2009) 

Science Magazine published an article, “Ergotism, the Satan Loosed in Salem?” in 1976 which posited that the visions and sensations described by the accusers during the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 could have been the result of eating rye bread made with flour tainted by the ergot fungus. The hypothesis was immediately debunked by experts, but more than four decades later, this interpretation is still pervasive. Burns will explain how it became cemented in the public imagination, a case study in how people come to believe and hold onto myths about historical events.

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Historic New England Open House
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Historic New England Open House

Most Historic New England properties are open for free on the first Saturday in June. From Maine to Rhode Island, learn about the people who lived in stone-enders, urban mansions, rural estates, and working farms during free guided tours at Historic New England’s house museums.

Visit Salem’s Historic New England properties for free- the Gedney House at 21 High Street and the Phillips House at 34 Chestnut Street.

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Paint the Gables
May
19
9:30 AM09:30

Paint the Gables

Create your very own commemoration of the 350th anniversary of The House of the Seven Gables with a spring-morning paint and sip event. Local artist Linda Abbene will lead you on a step-by-step artistic journey while you enjoy mimosas and fresh pastries.

Proceeds from the event will go towards a fund to repaint The House of the Seven Gables this summer.

Rain date: May 20

Gables Members: $45.00
Non-members: $50.00

Registration will open spring 2018. For more information, call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

*Please note: this program was originally in partnership with Wicked Art Bar. We wish them well on their new pursuits!

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Sophia Peabody Hawthorne: Citizen of the World
May
18
6:30 PM18:30

Sophia Peabody Hawthorne: Citizen of the World

ophia Peabody Hawthorne moved beyond her 19th century New England roots to become an intrepid traveler and an expatriate. Her capacity to appreciate foreign cultures and her decision to leave her native land forever are topics that raise a question with contemporary relevance: What exactly does it mean to be an American? 

This is a special lecture with Patricia Dunlavy Valenti.

A book signing in our Museum Store will follow the lecture.

Members: FREE
Non-Members: $10.00

Please contact dmarshall@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 101 with any questions.

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Decoupage Art Activity and Conservator Talk
May
2
12:00 PM12:00

Decoupage Art Activity and Conservator Talk

As restoration of a 19th century decoupage wall mural is completed, join National Park Service conservators for this special opportunity to learn how they diligently removed years of varnish, coal dust, and nicotine from the mural. The once cloudy, but now vibrant cutouts of vaudeville, opera, minstrel, and magician’s posters adorning the historic wall are bound to spark creativity. 

After the short talk, make and take your own decoupage art inspired by this historic one-of-a-kind mural. We will supply you with all the materials to create your own decoupage masterpiece! This event is free and open to the public of all ages. feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

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Colonial Kids Arts and Crafts Night
Apr
28
6:00 PM18:00

Colonial Kids Arts and Crafts Night

One of the most famous myths surrounding early Puritan settlers is that they forbid pastimes like music, dancing, games and leisure activities. While Puritans had a strict, hardworking lifestyle they did believe there was a time and place for fun pastimes. Join the Salem Witch Museum for a special night of Puritan and Colonial crafts and games, as we explore some of the activities enjoyed by children living in early America. We invite kids of all ages to come and learn how to make a corn husk doll, create your own handheld loom, play old fashioned New England games and listen to some captivating stories! If you are interested in Puritan and early American history, or you just want to make a fun craft, this is an event for you!

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Layers of Paint, Layers of History
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Layers of Paint, Layers of History

Christine Thomson is a local conservator whose specialty is paint analysis. This scientific technique is used in historic buildings to help with restoration work and to share better historical information with staff and visitors alike. Ms. Thomson will talk about the importance and techniques of paint analysis and share her 2016 research findings from The House of the Seven Gables. In 2018, The Gables celebrates its 350th anniversary and this talk is complementary to the exhibit These Walls Do Talk, which opens on April 6.

This program is being offered for free in partnership with Artweek Boston. Registration is appreciated.

To reserve your spot for this panel please click here; jarrison@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

To learn more about Christine Thomson, click here.

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Salem Food Tour: Wine and Cheese Stroll at the Phillips House
Apr
22
1:00 PM13:00

Salem Food Tour: Wine and Cheese Stroll at the Phillips House

  • Historic New England's Phillips House (map)
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Salem Food Tours are guided food and cultural walking tours of historic Salem, Massachusetts. Taste cheese, wine, sweets, and spices along a one-mile route as you take in the beauty of Salem from the historic McIntire District to the waterfront area. Learn about Salem’s illustrious spice trade history, as well as modern Salem’s thriving cultural and culinary scene. Proceeds from the tour support preservation of Salem’s Historic New England sites.

$40 Historic New England members
$50 nonmembers

Advance tickets required. Please call 978-744-0440 or buy online.

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Meet the Past: Caroline Emmerton's Gables Tour
Apr
21
10:30 AM10:30

Meet the Past: Caroline Emmerton's Gables Tour

The House of the Seven Gables was preserved and opened as a museum in 1910 by Caroline Emmerton. Miss Emmerton used proceeds from visitors to fund a settlement house that offered educational opportunities for newly arriving immigrant families. Join one of our professional guides AND Miss Emmerton (on her birthday!) for an interactive tour of The Gables and learn about why she was inspired by Hawthorne’s works to preserve the mansion.

There will be two tours: 10:30 – 11:30 A.M. and 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. The cost for the general public is $15. The cost for members of The Gables is $10.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

For more information about this event, email jarrison@7gables.org or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

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National Junior Ranger Day
Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

National Junior Ranger Day

  • 193 Derby Street Salem, MA, 01970 United States (map)
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Families and children can explore history and earn their Junior Ranger badge at Salem Maritime National Historic Site! 

Stop in at the park store, Waite and Peirce (193 Derby Street) and pick up the free Junior Ranger Program. Use the compass and explore the grounds, wharves, garden, and Public Stores and Scale exhibits. What can you spy in the park and Salem Harbor with the telescope? 

Meet a Park Ranger at the Custom House from 1:00-2:00pm and at the Narbonne House from 2:30-3:30pm to be sworn in and receive your Junior Ranger badge.

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Meet the Past: A Walk with Nathaniel Hawthorne
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Meet the Past: A Walk with Nathaniel Hawthorne

Join Nathaniel Hawthorne, as portrayed by historian Rob Velella, for a walk around Salem. Learn about the places where Hawthorne lived, worked, and raised his family. See the places that inspired some of his most famous works.

There will be two tours: 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. and 1:00 – 2:30 P.M. The cost for the general public is $15. The cost for members of The Gables is $10.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

For more information about this event, email jarrison@7gables.org or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

Special thanks to Mass Humanities for their support of this event.

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382nd Anniversary of the First Muster
Apr
14
9:30 AM09:30

382nd Anniversary of the First Muster

The 381st Anniversary of the First Muster commemorates the first military muster ever held in the United States as part of the birthplace of the National Guard in Salem, Massachusetts.

The ceremonies honor the first muster of the National Guard, which took place on Salem Common in 1637 as the colonial militia held drills for the defense of their local communities. In 2013 President Barack Obama signed legislation sponsored by Massachusetts Congressman John Tierney, officially recognizing Salem as the birthplace of the National Guard.

The Muster has been attended by thousands of National Guard units, veterans’ organizations, guests, and other military groups, and is a memorable way to be part of the local community while remembering the importance of what took place on Salem Common 381 years ago.

All events are held in Salem, Massachusetts, the birthplace of the National Guard of the United States

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Wenham's Larch Farm & The Food Project
Apr
13
12:00 PM12:00

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Wenham's Larch Farm & The Food Project

Join us for the seventh installment of our new lecture series. Farming has a long history here in Wenham. Learn about Wenham’s farming community over the past three hundred years including Larch Farm’s storied past and current work with The Food Project.

Speakers: 
Miriam Stason, Reynolds (Larch) Farm Manager, The Food Project
Linda Jenkins, Executive Director, Pickering Foundation Rebecca Blanchette, Essex Agricultural Society

Col. Timothy Pickering of Salem, Massachusetts once owned Larch Farm. He served as Quartermaster General during the Revolutionary War, and in the early days of our republic, served as Secretary of State and held numerous other high-ranking positions. Upon his retirement from public life, Col. Pickering acquired Larch Farm to become a “practical and scientific farmer” and to develop agricultural best practices that could be shared with others. In pursuit of these goals, he co-founded the Essex Agricultural Society (today the Topsfield Fair) on February 14, 1818 and the Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture.

Today, the land once held by Col. Pickering supports the mission of The Food Project. The Food Project works “to create a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system.” Learn more about The Food Project’s work in our community and how you can get involved.

132 Main Street, Wenham, Massachusetts 01984 | 
(978) 468-2377 | wenhammuseum.org

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Exhibit Opening: These Walls Do Talk
Apr
6
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibit Opening: These Walls Do Talk

Join us for the opening of our annual exhibit, These Walls Do Talk. The 2018 exhibit shares the science and history about how we know what we know about the 350-year-old Turner-Ingersoll Mansion including analysis of paint, wallpaper, and architecture and primary source documents such as deeds and drawings.

The exhibit opening is an open house event. Join us to raise a glass in celebration of the 350th anniversary of The House of the Seven Gables.

This event is free and open to the public. Click here to RSVP.

For more information email jarrison@7gables.org or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

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Essex Heritage Annual Spring Meeting
Apr
5
8:00 AM08:00

Essex Heritage Annual Spring Meeting

Join us for a morning of networking and regional engagement in historic Saugus Town Hall

The agenda will include updates on Essex Heritage initiatives, announcement of the 2018 Partnership Grant recipients, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the dedication of Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, and more.

Please join us! Reservation requested. Please click here to RSVP or call 978-740-0444 or email debbief@essexheritage.org.

*NOTE* After the meeting adjourns, there will be an exclusive opportunity to tour the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site. Come for a behind the scenes tour and explore other 17th century resources related to this nationally significant site! RSVP required before March 29th. 

Click here to learn more about Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

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Mar
25
3:00 PM15:00

Pickering House: Behind the Devil's Shield: Counter-Magic in Early New England

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Early New England ministers took a hard line against the practice of magic. All magic, whether harmful or beneficial in intention, was believed to be demonic. The archaeological, architectural, and documentary records show us that things weren't so black and white for their congregations. This lecture will explore evidence for the practice of protective counter-magic in seventeenth and eighteenth-century New England, including witch bottles, deliberate concealments, and ritual marks on historic timber, a few right here in Salem, Massachusetts! 

Alyssa G. A. Conary is a burgeoning historian & writer, a museum professional, and a candidate for the MA in History at Salem State University. In 2015, she co-founded the Salem Historical Society with a group of museum colleagues and is currently serving as the President of the organization's Board of Trustees. Alyssa's main areas of historical interest are witchcraft & apotropaia, medieval & early modern England, and colonial New England. She lives in Salem with her husband and their three cats and enjoys traveling and singing jazz.

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Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

A Tale of Two Seaports: Salem and Newport

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Salem, MA and Newport, RI are two great New England seaports with storied histories and rich architectural legacies. The streets, wharves and squares of the two towns will be examined from colonial times to the present, discovering parallels and distinctions arising from the topographic, economic and cultural forces that shaped these communities. This illustrated lecture will feature a treasure trove of period maps, paintings, illustrations and photography.

John Tschirch is an Architectural Historian specializing in buildings, landscapes and urban planning. He is presently Visiting Curator of Urban History for the Newport Historical Society where he is lead scholar for “Mapping the Newport Experience,” a project documenting the development of the city’s urban plan and the cultural response to its streetscapes by artists, writers and residents. John also teaches at Rhode Island School of Design and specializes in architectural, urban and landscape photography.

He has lectured widely in the U.S. and abroad on historic houses, landscapes and their preservation, from the 2012 Attingham Conference in London to the 1999 UNESCO sponsored conference on Architecture and Culture in Buenos Aires.

John is presently writing a collection of short stories (to be published on Amazon in summer of 2018) entitled Gods and Girls: Tales of Art, Seduction and Obsession, focused on the adventures of a series of heroines who encounter works of art and historic places that forever change the course of their lives. He is the creator and author of a monthly design history blog called John Stories, which features his photography and commentary on art, architecture and landscape. His work may be seen at  www.johnstories.com.

$10 members of Historic Salem or the Athenaeum, $15 non-members, Free for students with ID. Register here.

The Salem History Lecture is presented annually by Historic Salem, Inc. and the Salem Athenaeum.

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Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

H7G: Images of America Book Panel

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Join Ryan Conary, David Moffat, and Everett Philbrook for an in-depth conversation about their findings while writing Images of America: The House of the Seven Gables. Learn about the new information this team of authors discovered about the history of the house as well as the secret stories behind some of the rare photographs featured in the book. Copies of the book will be available in the Museum Store before and after the lecture.

Gables Members: Free

Non-Members: $10.00

To reserve your spot for this panel, please email groups@7gables.org.

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Feb
25
11:30 AM11:30

Leslie's Retreat Community Reenactment 2.0

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Mark the Occasion! Join the Ranks! A fun and informal reenactment of Colonel Leslie's 1775 march to the Salem, the taunting by the townspeople, and the compromise crossing of the North River. Then we will all retreat together to the First Church for some warm refreshment.

You can be part of the British Army:

11:30 am - Meet at Hamilton Hall - bring your recorders and slide whistles - leave the muskets and bayonets at home. Be ready to walk up to a mile (weather dependent).

Or you can join the townspeople to hurl colonial insult:

11:45 am - Meet at First Church in Salem UU - All are welcome to attend the service that begins at 10:30 and will be dismissed by the warning that the Redcoats are coming. Or you can mingle in the church yard and greet the congregants who will join the crowd in opposition of the British march.

Or stand your ground with the militia:

11:50 am - Corner of Federal and North Streets. The theatrical confrontation between Colonel Leslie and Captain Felt will need an angry crowd in the background. All surly colonists invited.

Colonists and British soldiers are then invited back to First Church for warm drinks and refreshment (12-1pm).

Hosted by the First Church in Salem UU, Salem Historical Society and Historic Salem Inc..

Information will be updated as it is finalized.

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